Why should you know more about Christ?
Summery: - The Lord Jesus Christ wants every Christian to be more and more close to Him. Not only our salvation but our entire life depends upon our understanding of Christ. The amazing results of knowing Christ more intimately forces us to make every effort to learn about Christ more personally and profoundly.
Around two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ asked two questions to His disciples, which resound even today.
“Who do men say that I the son of man am?” (Matthew.16:13)
“Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew.16:15)
Normally no mortal man would dare to ask such questions. If they do, we would immediately condemn them as arrogant and proud. But the Lord Jesus Christ, who is definitely the most humble and meek among the sons of men, chose to make these questions with valid intentions.
Both the questions are still relevant and we ought to give a definite and clear answer. He is not just satisfied by hearing the public opinion of Himself. When the disciples reported, “ some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets...” He immediately asked, “ But who do you say that I am?”
Even today the general public has varied views of Christ. Some would consider Him as an ordinary man, others as a good man, or a guru. There are some who count Him as the first communist revolutionary! But what do you say about Christ? What do you know about Him?
Notice that, not only Christ invited their estimation of Himself, He did something more to give disciples a clear picture of Himself. In Matthew 17:1ff we see Him taking selected disciples with Him on a mount and transfigured before them. “His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.” V.2c. It was a preview of His heavenly glory. They also listened to the words of the Father, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him.” V.5c.
From John.2:11 we understand that the main purpose of Christ's miracles were to reveal His glory, and seeing that people may believe Him.
Luke says that after His resurrection from the dead, the Lord Jesus Christ took forty days in presenting Himself alive by many infallible proofs. Acts.1:3. Again in the book of Revelation we see after His ascension to heaven the Lord Jesus Christ reveals His glory to Apostle John and through him to the 7 churches in Asia . There we see Him referring to some aspects of His glory while giving message to each angel of the church. Rev. 1:12—18; 2:1, 8, 12 etc.
One thing is very clear from the above instances that the Lord Jesus Christ wants us to know Him to a greater extent. He wants to reveal Himself more and more to us and we may be gripped by the realization of who He is.
Why is it so necessary? Why does He insist us to Know Him increasingly?
Two things are noteworthy.